The Investigations into What Happened at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital - Did the Coroner's Process Help? Academic Article uri icon


  • The Gosport Independent Panel was established to review the care of older patients at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital in England over some 20 years. There had been a number of internal and external investigations that included police investigations, clinical care audits, GMC investigations and inquests. The Panel provided a means of public disclosure of much of the contents of the prior investigations and resulted in the creation of a catalogue of all relevant information. The report indicated that many of the investigative processes had failed to address the concerns of family and staff. In part this appears to have been the result of some investigations being limited in their ability to deal with social and community concerns and focusing on whether criminal prosecutions should be brought. Legislative restrictions regarding the nature and outcomes of the inquest process in the United Kingdom compounded these concerns. It is interesting to speculate whether a more proactive inquest system brought into play earlier might have alleviated many of the community and professional concerns regarding patient care.

publication date

  • 2018